Friday, March 20, 2009

The Fruit from Heaven (or Hell)

There are those who swear that the durian tastes heavenly. Then there are some who swear when they get a whiff of the durians' odor. Yes, the durian has had its fervent admirers and also its share of detractors. But even among the durian fruit's supporters, disagreements abound as to which variety is the best.

Some durian fans claim that the local or native durian (from Davao) with its creamy taste is the best. Others insist that the deliciously milky Arancillo variety is “to die for.” Still, there are others who swear by the deeper-yellowish tinged sweetness of the Puyat variety.

Nowadays, the durian is cultivated the whole-year round. You can purchase a kilo or more of this famous “odorific” fruit at most fruit stands in Metro Manila and in almost every street corner in the cities of Davao, Zamboanga, Cagayan de Oro and Iligan. No need to wait for the traditional durian season of September to October just to get a taste of this fruit which, they say, “tastes like heaven, but smells like hell.”

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